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EALC 3165 Gender and Sexuality in Traditional Chinese Strange Tales (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Representations of gender and sexuality in traditional Chinese stories of marvels and anomalies as ways to construct notions of individual selfhood, family, society, state, and the cosmos. Normative gender roles, yin-yang symbolism, ideal femininity and masculinity, the family and polygamy, and cultural conceptions of sexuality and the human body. Special attention to textual representations of cross-dressing, sex change, madness, demonic possession, ghostly haunting, shamanic ecstasy, were-tigers and other shape-shifting animals as embodiments of transgressive desires and artistic disruptions of gendered social order.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Sing-Chen Lydia Chiang

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Texts read in English translation.


Last Updated: 10-Mar-16